Slow day at the lake for Socorro Bass Club members

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Weigh-in went quickly on Sunday afternoon after the close of the fourth tournament of the season for the Socorro Bass Club. Most members catch weighed in at under five pounds, and included 2-3 fish.

Susann Mikkelson/El Defensor Chieftain: Ron Gilworth, tournament coordinator for the Socorro Bass Club, weighs in fish at the end of the tournament on Sunday at the main marina at Elephant Butte State Park.

“The water is down, and it’s hot,” Ron Gilworth, Socorro Bass Club’s tournament coordinator, said. “I think the fish are still a little in shock from the water drop.” Water was released from Elephant Butte Reservoir last week to meet treaty requirements with Texas.

Chet DeMoss of Socorro weighed in 6.65 pounds, taking first place as well as the biggest fish award for his 2.28 pound bass. Rocky Bradley of Williamsburg earned second place with a total of 4.67 pounds and Randy Campbell of Sandia Park took third place with 3.52-pounds. The Non-boater award went to Chance Towner with 3.20 pounds of fish for the day.

Participation in the tournament was down a little, partially due to the heat and partially due to members’ other obligations. The next tournament is scheduled for July 14.